Each Friday, One Green Planet brings you the week’s top news. For those who don’t have a lot of time to look through the news each day, this is will be a great resource and an easy way to catch up! Here you’ll find different categories of news, a synopsis of the top stories, and links to each article published during the week.

1. Animal Rights and Welfare News

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As always we had a ton of news to cover in the world of animal rights and welfare. This week we saw happy and hopeful stories, as well as some grim and depressing ones. Some of the more notable stories included California Pet Store Bans 2nd Amendment Supporters from Adopting Pets123 Emaciated Animals Seized With Additional 130 Found Dead in FreezersAs Yulin Dog Meat Festival Begins, Activists Rescue Nearly 400 Dogs on Their Way to SlaughterOver 20 Million Farm Animals Die on Their Way to the Slaughterhouse in the United States Every YearShocking Undercover Investigation Lays Bare the Horrifying Cruelty of Animal TrappingSpooked Carriage Horse in NYC Runs into Oncoming Traffic and Collides with Two VehiclesCost of Living Crisis is Forcing Pet Owners to Abandon Their Exotic AnimalsNonprofit Funded by Tech Entrepreneur Helps Displaced Animals in Ukraine Reunite with Their Families, and New Law Will Protect Animals in Shelters Across New York State By Elevating Care Standards.

Here are the other important animal stories of the week:

2. Earth and Environmental News

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There were numerous stories about the environment this week which gave us hope for the future and reminded us how far we still have to go. Some of the more memorable stories included Major Flooding in Yellowstone National Park Affects Animals, Locals, and VisitorsMethane Leak From Russian Coal Mine May Be the Biggest Leak the World Has Ever SeenChina Reduces Its Air Pollution Nearly as Much in 7 Years As the US Did in 30 Years, and Canada Will Ban Making and Importing Various Single-Use Plastics by December.

Here are the other top earth stories of the week:

3. Life News

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This week in life news, innovation took the spotlight in South African Artist Creates Impressive Textured Portraits to Raise Awareness About Plastic PollutionVegan Fashion Week Brings Vegan World, An Immersive Environment to Experience Vegan Fashion in LA, and 5 Ways to Grow Your Own Garden With or Without A Yard.

4. Plant-Based Food News

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There was plenty of excitement this week in the world of plant-based food news, including Kevin Hart Opening Plant-Based Fast Food Restaurant: Hart HouseUnited Airlines Teams Up With Impossible Foods to Offer In-Flight Plant-Based Meal OptionsCelebrity Chef Babette Davis Has a Message for Starbucks CEO About Their Plant-Based Milk UpchargeEclipse Foods Teams Up With Smashburger to Bring Plant-Based Milkshakes, and Kellogg to Divide Into Three Companies Focusing on Snacks, Cereal, and Plant-Based Foods Respectively.

5. Natural Health News

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This week we had some interesting tips and hacks in TikTop Tip: Easy Life Hacks if You Have Depression. And two recent studies further confirmed the benefits of a plant-based diet vs. an omnivorous one in a Plant-Based Diet Linked To Reduced Risk of Breast Cancer in Postmenopausal Women, New Study Finds and New Study Finds Link Between Eating Fish and Skin Cancer.

6. Human Interest Stories

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This week we saw a couple of human interest petitions, including Petition: Paul Gosar Blaming Trans People for Robb School Shooting is Not OkayPetition: Stop imprisoning Women For Having Miscarriages, and Petition: Tell Congress to Pass Affordable Housing Legislation. In other news, Older Black Adults Three Times More Likely to Die From Air Pollution Than White Elders, New Study Finds.

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